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Vaidyo narayano hari

Practicing for the past 30 years, this doctor couple stands as symbol of gentleness, grace and dynamism, says Mubin Sultan


"HONOUR A physician with the honour due unto him for the uses which ye may have of him: for the Lord hath created him." The Bible demands honour for these professionals.

A tête-à-tête with these two committed doctors gives you the reason as to why is it so. The endearing pair -- Kamineni Pattabhiramaiah, a general surgeon and his modest wife, Vasumati, a paediatrician -- felt at home at their oft-visited hangout, Aromas. A unique concoction of fresh fruit juices, welcomed the couple at the end of the day, giving them enough room to relax.

"At the end of it all, we wouldn't say it had been tiring. The satisfaction that we enjoy now is the result of years of hard work," says Vasumati, who chose to be a paediatrician for the love of children.

Belonging to Krishna district, both Pattabhiramaiah and Vasumati shared a penchant for medicine since their childhood. "My father decided I would be a doctor after my brother had to suffer due to the lack of doctors in our hometown," says Vasumati trying crispy vegetable fry with chicken 65 accompanied by hot and sour chicken soup.

A salt of the earth, Vasumati has been next only to the mothers of her patients.

Pioneer Pattabhi

Residents of Vijayawada for more than three decades, Pattabhiramaiah introduced many things alien to the city. A responsible doctor that he is, Pattabhiramaih brought the first gastro-intestinal endoscopes to the city and also the first CT Scan.

"Those were very important equipment then, as patients had to go to Madras and Hyderabad for simple check-ups," he says.

The couple is happy with the way Vijayawada has transformed itself from a `big village' to a `village city'.

Sports & books

Apart from the practice, Vasumati's social service and Pattabhiramaiah's service through Rotary International, keeps them busy.

"I love sport," he says while having roti with kadai chicken and sabzi mili jhuli. He is actively involved with Andhra Cricket Association. But, tennis is his pet sport and he hardly misses his tennis session every morning. Interestingly, Roger Federer is his current favourite and he also enjoys watching Tim Henmann in action. Also passionate about books, Pattabhiramaiah has left no corner of English literature untouched. After having his fill of classics, he now relaxes reading Dan Brown, Robin Cook, John Grisham, Sidney Sheldon, etc. However, Arthur Hailey stands out to be the best for him.

Joy of Niagara

The couple enjoys listening to Carnatic music; movies are a part of the pastime too. Travelling, however, is what they like doing best and together, they have explored, America, Europe, and Australia. Pattabhiramaiah considers Ellora to be an ideal tourist site and also tries to jog his wife's memory about the trip to Niagara, which she liked of all and is still insatiable even after six hours of feasting her eyes upon the mighty falls.

Looking forward to their 35th marriage anniversary, which they hope to celebrate with their children in Australia, Pattabhiramaiah and Vasumati are full of zest for the surprises the future has in store for them.

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